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DOJ names new acting director for ATF

The Justice Department appointed B. Todd Jones as acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, effective on Aug. 31, the agency announced.

Jones, a former prosecutor and military judge advocate, will continue to serve in his current position as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Jones replaces ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson, who has been appointed senior advisor on forensic science in the Office of Legal Policy, the announcement said.

The personnel change is being viewed as fallout of the ATF’s controversial “Fast and Furious” sting operation to track arms associated with drug cartels in Mexico. Melson was acticing ATF director at the time. During the operation, ATF agents reportedly lost track of weapns they were watching as part of an attempted sting against gun smugglers, and one of the guns was used to murder an ATF special agent.

In June, ATF denied rumors that Melson might resign.





Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Terry Duncan to oversee defense network programs

Terry Duncan is the new director of communications and network programs in the Defense Department’s Office of the CIO, the department announced Aug. 23.

Duncan had been director of systems engineering in CIO’s office, which was formerly known as the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks Information and Integration/DOD CIO.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Navy cyber command to get new commander

The Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet, established in January 2010, is likely to soon have a new commander: Rear Adm. Michael Rogers, whose nomination to the post along with a promotion to vice admiral was announced by the Defense Department Aug. 10.

Rogers, currently serving as intelligence director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will succeed Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, who is retiring Oct. 1, according to Navy spokesman Commander Steve Mavica. The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

Rogers is a Chicago native who has served in his current position since September 2009, according to his Navy bio.

Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet is located with the U.S. Cyber Command at Ft. Meade, Md.

Posted by Amber Corrin on Aug 11, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


NTEU keeps Kelley as president

Colleen Kelley remains the National Treasury Employees Union president.

She was re-elected Aug. 9, receiving 86 percent of the votes from delegates from agencies across the country. She had one challenger.

Kelley was first elected to NTEU's top office in 1999 and now begins her fourth four-year term.

The union's delegation also re-elected Frank Ferris as national executive vice president for his fourth term.

NTEU represents 150,000 employees in 31 agencies and departments.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Horowitz picked to be Justice IG

President Barack Obama has chosen Michael Horowitz to be the Justice Department’s inspector general, the administration said July 29.

Horowitz is currently a partner at the Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft law firm. His practice deals with white-collar defense, internal investigations and regulatory compliance.

In the government, Horowitz was a commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 2003 to 2009.

He has also worked in the Justice Department. He was deputy assistant attorney general and then chief of staff for the department's criminal division from 1999 to 2002. Before that, Horowitz was an assistant attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He worked as chief of the public corruption section.

The Senate must confirm Horowitz to be the IG.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Aug 01, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Time to say goodbye to the employee suggestion box

Say bye bye to the box -- the employee suggestion box, that is, advises Patrick Ibarra, cofounder and partner of the management consulting firm Mejorando Group.

Speaking at the Next Generation of Government Summit July 28, Ibarra joked that feds should get rid of the suggestion box because it is only used to make three suggestions: "fire my boss," "bring hot food" and "raise my pay."

Instead of the box, Ibarra said feds should engage in discussions with their coworkers about how to be more innovative, stretch their imaginations and be curious about the world beyond the walls of their agency.

Posted by Alyah Khan on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM7 comments


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